The UBC United Kingdom Undergraduate Challenge is run over three rounds. Round 1 is run on-line via the UBC portal on The Simulation Space platform designed by Learning Dynamics. Teams upload their decisions each week for six weeks and results are published as per the timetable below. Approximately the top 30% of teams from this round go through to the Round 2 Semi-Finals run live over one day at regional locations. The top 10 teams from the Round 2 Semi-Finals go through to the Round 3 Grand Final – hosted by the UBC lead employer partner IBM at a London venue.
[Please note: The UBC Global Masters Postgraduate Challenge has a different timetable from the Undergraduate Competition. Please see UBC Global Masters info for the timetable.
Entries open: 3 April 2020
Entries close: 26 October 2020
All entries will be confirmed progressively up to the closing date of 26 October 2020.
Educators, Team Leaders and Members, including nominated team Mentors, will have access to the UBC simulation platform used in Round 1 via logins which will be provided to registered participants. All resources are made available on-line and can be downloaded from the simulation platform. The Team Brief and Guide contains all the information necessary to take part in the UBC UK. These resources are in electronic format which can be viewed on-screen.
When you know your Team Leaders, you can upload their name/s and email address/es by logging into the UBC platform. The UBC simulation platform will automatically email Team Leaders their logins when you have submitted their details.
If you want your teams to participate in the optional Trial Trading Period (TTP), you should upload your Team Leader details prior to the TTP commencement date, i.e. on or before 26 October 2020 (please see detailed timetable below).
When Team Leaders have their logins, they input their Team Member details. The simulation platform emails Team Members their logins, so all members have access to the simulation platform.
Trial Trading Period (TTP): 29 October - 3 November 2020
The UBC UK starts with a Trial Trading Period which opens on 29 October and decisions can be uploaded from this time until 3 November 2020 (decision form closes at 9 a.m.). Please note that Trial Trading Period (TTP) results do not count towards the final result. Results only count towards the final result from Trading Period 1 onwards. The TTP is a practice round for teams to get used to the briefing resources and decisions.
While we encourage teams to complete the TTP, it is not essential in order to compete in Round 1 of the UBC, so teams who enter late can start a week later with Trading Period 1.
If you want your teams to participate in the TTP, we will require your Team Leader details on or before the entry closing date, i.e. 26 October 2020.
Results for TTP published: 4 November 2020
Trading Period One: 5 November - 10 November 2020
Decisions can be uploaded from 5 November (decision form opens at 9 a.m.) to 10 November 2020 (decision form closes at 9 a.m.).
Please note that this is the first Trading Period where decisions count towards the final result. We would therefore require your Team Leader details by 6 November 2019 at the very latest to enable them to input decisions after which entries will be closed.
Results for TP1 published: 11 November 2020
Trading Period Two: 12 November - 17 November 2020
Decisions can be uploaded from 12 November (decision form opens at 9 a.m.) to 17 November 2020 (decision form closes at 9 a.m.)
Results for TP2 published: 18 November 2020
Trading Period Three: 19 November - 24 November 2020
Decisions can be uploaded from 19 November (decision form opens at 9 a.m.) to 24 November 2020 (decision form closes at 9 a.m.)
Results for TP3 published: 25 November 2019
Trading Period Four: 26 November - 1 December 2020
Decisions can be uploaded from 26 November (decision form opens at 9 a.m.) to 1 December 2020 (decision form closes at 9 a.m.)
Results for TP4 published: 2 December 2020
Trading Period Five: 3 December - 8 December 2020
Decisions can be uploaded from 3 December (decision form opens at 9 a.m.) to 8 December 2020 (decision form closes at 9 a.m.)
Results for TP5 published: 9 December 2020
Round 2 Semi-Finalists announced: 9 December 2020
The top teams from Round 1 go through to the Round 2 Semi-Finals - run live over one day at regional locations. These are scheduled to commence early March 2021 and will be confirmed during Round 1 of the Challenge. The number of teams that go through to the Round 2 Semi-Finals varies from year-to-year and is dependent upon sponsorship support. Over the past two years, approximately 30% of all teams have gone through and competed in the Round 2 Semi-Finals at regional locations in the UK. The Semi-Final dates and venues will be confirmed during Round 1.
The Round 3 Grand Final is run live over one day. This is scheduled for late March 2021 and will be hosted by the UBC Lead Employer Partner IBM at a London venue. The top 10 teams from the Round 2 Semi-Finals compete to be Winners of UBC Worldwide United Kingdom and put their university’s name on the trophy. The Grand Final date and venue will be confirmed during Round 1.
Previous winning universities:
University of Westminster, University of Glasgow, Anglia Ruskin University (three times), Royal Holloway University of London, University of Sheffield, Bristol University (twice), Essex University, Durham University, Bournemouth University, Aston University, University of Manchester, Imperial College London (twice), University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Cambridge University, University of Wales Swansea, Farnborough College of Technology and Sussex University.
Grand-Finalists have included teams from:
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Coventry, DeMontfort, UEA, Nottingham Trent, Westminster, Exeter, Lancaster University Management School, Plymouth, Portsmouth, York, Nottingham, Cambridge, Bristol, Canterbury Christ Church, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Regents University London, Sheffield-Hallam, St Andrews, Royal Holloway, Brunel, Warwick, Imperial, Sheffield, Oxford, UCL, LSE, Manchester, Newcastle, Queen Mary London, Queen's Belfast, Reading, Southampton, Loughborough, Anglia Ruskin, Aberystwyth, Trinity All Saints, Bournemouth, Oxford Brookes, Essex, Birmingham, Abertay Dundee, Robert Gordon, Bell College, University of Central Lancashire, Royal Holloway, City University, Leicester, Hertfordshire.
Please note our Terms & Conditions which can be viewed on this website. The Universities Business Challenge / Campus2Corporate reserve the right to change this timetable. Please note that in exceptional circumstances we reserve the right to change the Round 2 Semi-finals and Round 3 Grand Final from a live event to virtual on-line.